The Taliban now controls 65% of the central Asian nation, as President Biden ordered U.S.-led forces to withdraw. The Islamic insurgency has displaced about 400,000 Afghans in recent months.
Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department is expanding eligibility for refugee status to Afghans.
How Christians in Afghanistan are now in danger
The current instability in Afghanistan only adds to the danger for Christians living there.
Since 2004, Afghanistan banned public preaching of the Gospel and converting to Christianity. The church there has had to survive underground for some time now.
One Afghan church leader told International Christian Concern the Taliban is planning on killing known Christians as they take over parts of the country.
The church leader also said the Taliban would take children from Christian families and force the girls into marriages with Taliban soldiers and force the boys into being soldiers.
The church leader said he expects the church to grow even through this hardship.
LEADER: “There are times of fear. And right now, we are distressed. We will see great things because God is definitely in charge of His church. There will be fear. There will be time where people would struggle, even to trust their own God. But I think, to look at the future of the church, through this hardship, the church is going to grow.”
1 Peter 4:12-13 says, “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.”